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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA

(310) 489-3763

Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC was founded in 2011 by Kristen Dorsey, an award-winning Chickasaw metalsmith living and working in Huntington Beach, CA. For Kristen, jewelry goes beyond ornamental adornment; it is a medium with which she has forged her cultural identity as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a Native American tribe originally from the southeast.  Utilizing natural gemstones, precious metals, and other materials, her handcrafted jewelry pieces are a unique mix of Chickasaw visual traditions infused with inspiration drawn from the beauty of the California Coast.  Dorsey’s philosophy is that “jewelry is a sacred narrative; it captures moments of significance for the wearer such as transitions in life, relationships with one another, and with one’s community, cultural identity, and spirituality.”

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Summer stacking style

Kristen Dorsey

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20% off ALL rings Monday 6/28 - Sunday 7/3 with code "Summer Style". Shop some of our favorite below!

Each piece tells a story, and over time they tell stories about the people who love them and wear them while accomplishing their dreams, and exploring the world. This is why I strive to create pieces that are versatile to fit a wide array of styles and personalities. For the summer months I love how these rings can stack together to create a variety of looks. Wear them one, two, or three at a time for an elegant compliment to your summer adventures! 

 

Shop these stackable styles below. PS, all styles come in rose gold and all styles with stones come in other stone options!

Heart of the Shield Ring in Sterling Silver
from 190.00

Her generous heart is as beautiful and serene as cool shimmering gemstones set in silver. The light she brings to so many is captured by the brilliant diamond accent. The Heart of the Shield ring makes an elegant thank you to the one who is always there in your time of need.

Significance

Each gemstone is cut in a small shield shape. The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history.  The shield represents how our women are defenders of their families, communities, and culture.  Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.

Details

This ring is cast in sterling silver and set with your stone choice.

Dimensions

13mm x 12mm

Collection

The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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Lattice Ring in Sterling Silver
310.00

An intricately carved architectural lattice-work references the sun disk pattern and frames the iridescent moonstone with an elegant crown shape. Wear this ring as a unique cocktail ring, or stack it with the sun disk rings for a dynamic statement.

Significance

The sun disk design is commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.

Details

This ring is cast in sterling silver and set with your stone choice.

Dimensions

Coming Soon.

Collection

The Panther Woman

Handmade in Los Angeles

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Boat Stone Ring in Sterling Silver
100.00

Perfect for stacking or as a wear alone statement ring, the unique hand carved shape is inspired by a boat stone.

Significance

It is thought that boat stones were used in the ancient southeast as a spear weight or for ceremonial purposes.  They were perfectly carved out of a variety of stones and polished to a high gleam.  The side of this timeless shape is carved with a symbolic feather pattern inspired by ancient shell carvings.

Details

This ring is cast in sterling silver.

Dimensions

This ring measures 1.21" x 1" x .28"

Collection

Shokmalli

Handmade in Los Angeles

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Sun Disk Ring in Sterling Silver
80.00

The Sun Disk ring is designed to layer with other Sun Disk rings and or the constellation ring, or it may be worn as a stand alone piece.

Significance

The hand carved ring is detailed with an intricate sun disk pattern inspired by an ancient southeastern carved shell gorget. The sun disk pattern was also used in other southeastern carved shell pieces to depict the feathered wings of southeastern sky dieties.

Details

This ring in cast in sterling silver with an antique finish.

Measurements

The ring measures 1.9" x .97" x .25"

Collection

Earth Water Sky

Handmade in Los Angeles

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